There are two types of offset backing: driver side where you offset back to the left; and passenger side where you offset back to the right.

  • Drive straight forward until the vehicle is in a straight line.
  • Turn the wheel all the way to the left angling the trailer toward the destination.
  • Back up while watching the right mirror until the outside edge of the tractor tires lines up with the middle of the landing gear.
  • Stop and turn the wheel to the right as far as possible.
  • Back up until the tractor is straight and in line with the trailer.
  • Straighten the wheels. Look out both mirrors while slowly backing toward the destination.
Example of offset backing
Diagram 2-13